Rahal leads final practice under the lights in Texas

by Paul Hensby

Graham Rahal was quickest in night practice ahead of the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway as drivers acclimatised themselves to the conditions more akin to those they are likely to experience during Saturday evening’s race.

With cars switched to race set-up after qualifying earlier in the day, Rahal topped the speed charts with a lap of 213.935mph in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry, with the American set to start the race down in thirteenth.

Josef Newgarden was second fastest for Ed Carpenter Racing, and was the only other driver to get above 213mph, which bodes well as he will start in the fifth position on Saturday evening.

Ryan Hunter-Reay made it three American racers inside the top three, with his speed of 212.981mph allowing the Andretti Autosport driver to finish ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan, while Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato finished fifth and sixth fastest for AJ Foyt Racing.

Marco Andretti was seventh for Andretti Autosport ahead of Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing, while Max Chilton and Scott Dixon completed the top ten, both drivers representing Chip Ganassi Racing.

Pole sitter Carlos Munoz was only twelfth fastest for Andretti Autosport, but that was ahead of all four Team Penske drivers, with Juan Pablo Montoya fourteenth, Helio Castroneves fifteenth, Simon Pagenaud nineteenth and Will Power twenty-first.

Gabby Chaves, who missed qualifying after crashing during the first practice session of the day, managed to get out on track for some much needed running, and ended eighteenth quickest for Dale Coyne Racing.

Texas Motor Speedway Free Practice 2 Result

115Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing213.935mph
221Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing213.318mph
328Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport212.981mph
410Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing212.786mph
541Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises212.604mph
614Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises212.485mph
727Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport212.367mph
811Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing212.135mph
98Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing211.990mph
109Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing211.867mph
115James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports211.730mph
1226Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport211.501mph
1383Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing211.500mph
142Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske211.227mph
153Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske210.645mph
167Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports210.617mph
1720Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing210.585mph
1819Gabby ChavesCOLDale Coyne Racing210.536mph
1922Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske210.524mph
2098Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport210.256mph
2112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske207.898mph
2218Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing207.670mph

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